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Articles from the June 5, 2019 edition

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Noah Dinsfriend, Kate Hawken named Husky track MVPs

Seniors Noah Dinsfriend and Kate Hawken were named Most Valuable track and field athletes Friday evening, May 31, during the teams' awards dinner. Coach Dakotah Keys noted that this year's team...

 

Forest Service to host open house on Quartzville-Middle Santiam Project activities

The Willamette National Forest is inviting members of the public to share ideas about future activities proposed for the Quartzville-Middle Santiam Project on the Sweet Home Ranger District. An open house will be held Thursday, June 6, from 5:30 to... Full story

 
 By Sean C. Morgan    News    June 5, 2019

Elderly woman dies in early morning fire at Wiley Creek

A woman died in an early morning fire Wednesday, June 5, in the independent living area of Samaritan Wiley Creek Community. Firefighters responded to a report of the fire at 1271 Mountain Fir Court...

 

Marissa Kurtz, Nate Virtue named top Sweet Home athletes

Nate Virtue and Marissa Kurtz were named the Booster Club Boy and Girl of the Year in Sweet Home High School athletics Sunday evening at the annual senior sports banquet held at the Sweet Home Elks...

 

'Shrek' comes to SHHS

Shrek’s swamp was the center of much of the action in Sweet Home High School’s performance of “Shrek, the Musical” last week. That’s where fairytale “freaks” congregated after being...

 
 By Sean C. Morgan    News    June 5, 2019

Local veterans organizations name new and continuing leaders

Ron Wilson will lead Sweet Home’s Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 3437 beginning June 16, and Carolyn Croxford will continue as VFW Auxiliary president. VFW State Cmdr. Rick Higgins and Auxiliary...

 

Public Safety June 5, 2019

June 2 3:09 a.m. - Caller reported a bicycle stolen, 2000 block of Main. Report taken. 6:10 a.m. - Caller reported someone broke into the garage, 440 W. Osage St., Sweet Home Elks Lodge. Report taken. 8:29 a.m. - Caller reported an aggressive dog...

 
 By Sean C. Morgan    News    June 5, 2019

Fir View Villa park family displaced by fire, smoke, water damage

By Sean C. Morgan Of The New Era The occupants of a manufactured home that burned almost two weeks ago remain in need of help recovering from the fire. The fire seriously damaged the home at space 8 i...

 

If I Were Mayor winners

Local sixth-graders Peyton Lindsey and Payton Messmer, winners of the annual If I Were Mayor contest take their place behind the council dais as Councilor Diane Gerson and Mayor Greg Mahler look on....

 

Around Town June 6, 2019

Democrats to talk Clean Energy bill Representatives from Renew Oregon and the Oregon League of Conservation Voters will give an update on the Clean Energy Jobs Bill during the Thursday, June 6, meeting of the Linn County Democrats at Albany Public...

 
 By Sean C. Morgan    News    June 5, 2019

May election: School Board, SHFAD incumbents retain seats

Based on preliminary unofficial results, the write-in incumbents on the Sweet Home Fire and Ambulance District Board of Directors and the Sweet Home School Board will retain their seats. Linn County...

 
 By Sean C. Morgan    News    June 5, 2019

City Council members agree to another year of RAIN

City Council members agreed to renew an agreement with other local cities and the Regional Accelerator and Innovation Network to pay $7,124.76 over the next fiscal year to keep RAIN operating in the...

 
 By Sarah Brown    Opinion    June 5, 2019

Commentary: Community will miss cat rescue worker following her passing

On May 17, the community of Sweet Home, as well as all of Linn County, lost one of its best volunteers, Vicki Lindley. She grew up here, raised a family, and worked as a rural postal delivery person until her retirement, after which time she gave...

 

Agencies should respect our vets

Editor: I was brought up to be a proud American and to have respect for all of our veterans. However, I was shocked and deeply saddened that the Sweet Home Police and Fire departments weren’t at the memorial services to show their honor and...

 

Citizens need to check city spending

Editor: Well, the City Council voted to steal the Police and Library levy overage. Three voted no and four voted to do it, including our mayor. Earlier, the City Council voted to increase the city manager’s wages to more than $9,500 per month,...

 

Sportsman's Holiday Court in Strawberry Parade

Sweet Home Sportsman’s Holiday Court members ride in fine fashion Saturday during the Strawberry Parade in Lebanon. From left, they are Valerie Richards, Collette Valentine, Taylor Goodwin, Brook...

 
 By Sean C. Morgan    News    June 5, 2019

This year's Chips 'n' Splinters to feature Mystery Performers

Since reviving the Chips ’n’ Splinters variety show, held Friday night heading into Sportsman’s Holiday, Shirley Austin has come up with ideas that have swelled the crowd at each successive...

 

Jared White

Jared David White, 44, of Shedd, formerly of Sweet Home, died May 26, 2019 with his wife and parents by his side. He was born Jan. 13, 1975 in Eugene, the son of Darold Calvin and Joy Ann White. His... Full story

 

Death Notices

Former Sweet Home resident Agatha Barbara McAuliffe, 91, died May 28, 2019 at Rosewood Court in Salem. She lived in east Linn County for many years, working at Pineway Golf Course and sewing many bridesmaid and wedding dresses for women in the area,... Full story

 

Murder case update: Bail for suspect Butterfield set at $1M

The suspect in a May 24 homicide on Surrey Lane in Sweet Home was arraigned Tuesday afternoon, May 28, in Linn County Circuit Court on five charges, including murder. Page Lee Butterfield, 25,...

 
 By Scott Swanson    News    June 5, 2019

Facebook response lands Prom date

Haley Barron says she wasn’t desperate for a date when she announced on Facebook that she was looking for someone to go to the Sweet Home High School Prom with in early May. Actually, she said, she...

 
 By Sean C. Morgan    News    June 5, 2019

SHHS graduation Friday evening involves few rules for participants

The Class of 2019 will graduate Friday, June 7, in a ceremony held at Husky Field if the weather holds. A total of 157 seniors are expected to participate in the graduation exercises, which begin at 7 p.m. In case of rainy weather, the ceremony will...

 
 By Scott Swanson    News    June 5, 2019

Council OKs city budget; delays on utility rate hike decisions

The Sweet Home City Council on Tuesday, May 28, voted 4-3 to approve a $19,761,737 city budget for the 2019-20 fiscal year beginning July 1. Voting in support of the budget were Mayor Greg Mahler and Councilors Susan Coleman, James Goble and Dave Tra...

 

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